This pictorial history of the Kennedy Space Center begins with the first test firing of a rocket motor in 1951. It then goes on to contrast the primitive launch facilities of that era to the Kennedy Space Center complex of the Apollo program. The Kennedy Space Center was created for the Apollo manned lunar landing program, and has evolved to meet the changing needs of America's manned space program. At NASA's creation in 1958 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, its... Topics: Kennedy Space Center, Apollo program, Cape Canaveral, Florida, space race, rocket, missile, U.S....
Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters. It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur. A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier. Many crashes in this film were captured by... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made at the height of the Cold War, this Navy film provides an overview of the Navy's strategic undersea capabilities, with a focus on nuclear deterrence. Features footage of the nuclear powered USS Sturgeon (SSN-637), USS Skate (SSN-578) surfacing at the North Pole, the USS Triton (SSRN-586) circumnavigating the world underwater, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the Sturgeon class USS Parche (SSN-683), USS Skipjack (SSN-585), and the diesel powered USS Albacore (AGSS-569), USS Mang (SS-385). The... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This short, silent newsreel shows Charles Lindbergh and his new wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh arriving in Los Angeles by biplane. The purpose of this trip was to pick up their new Sirius monoplane, which they would then fly back to New York. Lindbergh became the first true global celebrity—and sparked a worldwide craze for flying—with his 1927 nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris in the custom-built Spirit of St. Louis. With that plane donated to the Smithsonian Institution the... Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Lockheed, Sirius, Spirit of St. Louis
Shot in the 1950s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. The venerable sailing vessel Eagle is shown conducting a cruise to Europe, escorted by the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32) a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
Details the work of the U.S. Coast Guard in the international sea lanes of the Northern Pacific, where icebergs are a constant threat to passenger and cargo ships. USCG patrol vessels track ice formations, assisted by B-17 aircraft. Features footage of the famed liner Queen Mary and USCGC Mendota (WHEC-69), an Owasco class high endurance cutter. Mendota was scrapped in 1974. Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
The Coast Guard played an important role in the Allied victory in WWII. Coast Guardsmen manned nearly every type of support vessel for the Navy, and went into harm's way not only in the battle against the U-boats, but at every amphibious landing from North Africa to Sicily, Italy to D-Day, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Luzon, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. This film shows the role of the Coast Guard, and features terrific footage of many of the battles in which USCG ships and men participated. The Battle of the... Topic: Coast Guard educational film.
On October 16, 1956, a Pan Am Clipper aircraft en route from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii -- the Sovereign of the Skies -- was forced to ditch in the Pacific. Fortunately for the passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Ponchartrain was close at hand. This incredible film shows the efforts of the airplane pilot and co-pilot, and Coast Guard captain and crewmen, to save the passengers after a ditching at sea. The incident remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Coast Guard.... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
Semper Paratrus, the Coast Guard's song, is made into a music video in this War Department-produced film which features footage of Coast Guardsmen training and at sea. Topic: Coast Guard propaganda film.
Made at the height of the Cold War, "The Communist Threat" is an over-the-top 1960's drama film about a family in East Germany trying the escape to freedom in the West. The films stars Michael Cramer (as Miklos), Gudula Blau (as Lora) Ernst Constantine (as Gousev) and Paul Glavion (as Eric). The film was written by Don Fearheiley and directed by Jesse Hibbs.Lead actor Michael Cramer was born on March 1, 1930 in Wickrath, Germany. He was known for Babette Goes to War (1959), Der... Topic: Cold War
Created in 1965, "1400 Zulu" is a classic British propaganda and recruiting film that profiles the Royal Navy's operations around the world: from the Caribbean to Aden to the Suez Canal and beyond. It's a job that involves hundreds of ships and tens of thousands of men both above, on and below the water of all the world's oceans. The film shows some of the newest weapons in the RN's arsenal including nuclear submarines, missile systems and the Guided Missile Destroyer HMS... Topics: Cold War, Royal Navy, Harrier Jump Jet, Blackburn Buccaneer, aircraft carrier, destroyer, cruiser,...
Shot by U.S. Army combat cameramen on the 25th of August, 1944, these amazing color films show the aftermath of the Liberation of Paris including the arrival of General Charles DeGaulle at the Arch of Triumph.The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military conflict that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second... Topics: Free French, Paris, Liberation of Paris, WWII, Germany, United States Army, 1944, combat camera,...
This film profiles the USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the lead ship of her class of Polaris ballistic missile submarines. This nuclear powered submarine the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for George Washington, first President of the United States, and the first of that name to be purpose-built as a warship. Topics: Polaris Missles and the development of the Nuclear Powered Ballistic Submarine, SSBN.
This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film